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JF2018 Brexit and the Veterinary Profession: Animal Health, Welfare, Superbugs and Superfarms with John Fishwick, President, British Veterinary Association The veterinary profession makes a huge contribution to UK society, to food safety, public health and well-being and of course to animal welfare. Our likely departure from the EU in March 2019 throws into sharp focus some of the issues facing the profession. It is vital that we retain a robust and highly skilled veterinary workforce going forward, and that animals continue to have the very highest standard of welfare. Doors open 7.30pm. Ticket price includes a glass of wine. 11 May 2018 19:45 50

Brexit and the Veterinary Profession: Animal Health, Welfare, Superbugs and Superfarms
John Fishwick MA VetMB DCHP DipECBHM MRCVS
President, British Veterinary Association

For many people their vet is someone they may see when their beloved pet or horse is unwell or needs its vaccinations. But veterinary surgeons work in many areas of life from clinical practice, be it first opinion practice or a specialist referral centre, to research and teaching, to the armed forces and civil service and the abattoir. The veterinary profession makes a huge contribution to UK society, to food safety, public health and well-being and of course to animal welfare.

The European Union has a huge influence on the veterinary profession with most of our animal health and welfare legislation coming from the EU and many of our vets and veterinary nurses having trained in the EU. Our likely departure from the EU in March 2019 throws into sharp focus some of the issues facing the profession. It is vital that we retain a robust and highly skilled veterinary workforce going forward, and that animals continue to have the very highest standard of welfare.

We will be considering some of the challenges the profession currently faces; how we maintain a resilient veterinary workforce, how we how continue to maintain the very highest standards of animal welfare in both our pet animals and animals kept for food production. We will be looking at how vets influence the health and wellbeing of farmed animals throughout the whole food chain from farm to farm and attitudes to super farms. How do we maintain vigilance for guarding against both new and more familiar diseases? No one can be unaware of the massive issue of antimicrobial resistance and the rise of superbugs which threatens us all. We will be considering what the role of vets is in this is a global issue and how this fits in to the concept of One Health which now dominates thinking across human and animal health.

John Fishwick

John is a veterinary surgeon who holds the post of Senior Lecturer in Dairy Herd Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He is currently President of the British Veterinary Association. He is a UK Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production and a European Specialist in Bovine Health Management.

He is an alumnus of St John’s College Cambridge qualifying as a vet in 1985. As an undergraduate he conducted a survey of the black Rhino population in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia working on foot with anti-poaching units. He spent several years in practice dealing with all the main species in Cheshire and Essex before moving to the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 to run the university’s farm animal teaching practice. In 1997 he relocated to Saudi Arabia as head veterinarian to the world’s largest fully integrated dairy company farming over 20,000 high producing cows. He returned to the RVC in 2003 where until recently he was head of the Department of Production and Population Health and head of the Farm Animal Health and Production Group before taking partial leave for his current role at the British Veterinary Association. He has previously been President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association and his local Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Veterinary Association.